I began teaching at Findley Elementary in 2004, when I started teaching 5th grade. I had been teaching middle school for 12 years before that, and I was looking for an opportunity to teach in an elementary school. I have worked with 5th, 4th, 3rd, and now 2nd grade students! The community at Findley warmed my heart immediately; we have such an awesome staff and wonderful families whom I have had the privilege to teach over the years. I am proud to say that I am a parent of a Findley student (now at Harding), and I have been active in our Findley Elementary PTO, where I serve as President. I LOVE being a part of great things at Findley!! My husband and I love to watch lots of sporting events, and we all love to watch good, funny movies on the weekend with our son and our pets.
I started teaching in 2010. I taught 5th grade at Holy Family Catholic School for 7 years. After that, I was a reading interventionist at Edmunds Elementary. I am very excited to be here! I love Findley because there is a strong sense of community within the building.
I graduated from Central College in 1985 with BA in Elementary Education and from the University of Iowa in 1989 with my MA in Developmental Reading. I have been teaching in the Des Moines district for 18 years. Last year was my seventh year as an Interventionist at Findley and I will be a 2nd Grade teacher this new school year. I enjoy reading, boating, and watching my daughters’ volleyball games and track meets.
Hi, my name is Sarah Simmons. I received my bachelor’s degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. I also have a minor in Special Education and an endorsement in Reading. This is my fifth year teaching at Findley and my fifth year teaching 3rd grade. Before I taught at Findley Elementary, I taught for two years in Charleston, SC and for two years in San Diego. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my dog Brady. I also love to be crafty, read, bake and be near water- especially the ocean.